On Thursday morning, a car accident in Jalandhar snatched away from us the king of comedy, 57-year-old Jaspal Bhatti. The actor, scriptwriter and director left behind his mom (who lost her husband, NS Bhatti, on August 15, 2012), his wife, son and daughter, taking away the era of intelligent
comedy with him.
Jaspal Bhatti's wife Savita Bhatti being consoled by comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi at Bhatti’s house in Sector 19. Keshav Singh/HT
Even today, when you try to look back at Jaspal Bhatti’s work and the life he lived, he doesn’t fail to leave a mild smile on your face.
The satirical humorist made his way to people’s hearts with his shows Ulta Pulta and Flop Show (which left a deep impression on audiences’ minds despite being 10-episode short).
In a recent interview, the legend’s son, Jasraj Bhatti (who has also been injured in the same accident), shared, “My father is the king of comedy and I respect his firm belief in doing comedy with logic. He can extract humor from any subject, while managing to make people laugh.”
It was with the vision of launching his son as an actor with the movie, Power Cut, that Bhatti was on a 40-day promotional tour. With the film ready to hit the theatres today, an injured Jasraj reacts to his father’s demise after gaining consciousness. “I am too late to make my father proud now. He always told me that he wanted to be known as Jasraj’s father; not by his own first name,” Jasraj told his aunt.
When in city on October 20 for the promotion of Power Cut, Bhatti said, “People think comedy cannot be extracted out of dry subjects; I take that as a challenge.”
Expressing concern over the lack of good subjects in Punjabi cinema, he said, “I don’t think anyone is working towards good scripts. After sending out a message to the public though this film, we would work on highlighting the issue of Punjabi girls marrying NRIs and the problems they face, but, with the element of comedy, of course.”
Known for his satirical take on the political system and the issues concerning the common man. As he used to say, “I am sure my subjects would shame the higher authorities; if they bring about a change or not, I’m not sure.” His films such as Mahaul Theek Hai and Jija Ji are still a part of every Indian kid’s childhood. As the industry and his friends rue his demise, we at HT City believe that comedy has lost its Singh.